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2019 Women's World Cup

To seize the moment, Christen Press changed her game

Photo Copyright Daniela Porcelli

LYON, France – Anyone who’s watched Christen Press play for any length of time has gotten used to watching her score goals — beautiful, curling shots from 12 yards out after she’s spun a defender in circles, tap-ins after she’s driven the length of the field and slalomed through an entire back line, and stunning blasts from the top of the area.

So, when she scored with her head on Tuesday against England in the United States women’s national team’s World Cup semifinal win, it might have seemed routine, just another goal in a long line of tallies.

Longtime fans and observers know different.

A talented goal-scorer who can hurt opponents in a myriad of ways, Press is not known for her physicality.

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